PSALMS (Putting Sport Alongside Local Ministries) started in 2005 in Painswick, as we realised that many young people, especially boys, spent their Sundays on the football pitch or engaging in other active pursuits. This lead a group of Christians to start engaging with young people through fresh expressions of church, with an emphasis on Sports Ministry.
Today, we work with hundreds of children and young people, working within our partner areas (Beacon, Nailsworth, Stonehouse & Kemble), partnering with many churches to work ecumenically and also widely across the county of Gloucestershire in schools, in the community and with churches.
Our team is currently made up of 8 Sports Ministers and we all aim to encourage, equip and enable local churches to reach out to their communities through sport, with a purpose to joyfully share the transforming love of Jesus with young people who don’t yet know him.
We work to engage not just those young people who regularly attend church but focus on supporting young people within the community. We recruit, train and equip both young leaders and adult volunteers to reach out from within the church in our sessions and clubs across the county.
We have recently been recognised as the only Centre of Excellence in the UK for Sports Ministry by Scripture Union and Professor Andrew Parker at University of Gloucestershire.